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Enforcing Patents in Brazil: An Injunction Paradise?

In the Americas, Brazil is the second largest country in both GDP and population, and the third in territorial extension. Although the amount of patent litigation in Brazil is rather small in comparison to the U.S., patent...more

Patent Invalidation Paves the Way for Automated Fare Collection Systems

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Next generation automated fare collection systems (AFC) typically characterized by open architecture designs, open payment approaches, and contactless card readers, are being installed in an increasing number of public...more

Emerging issues in the connected cars and autonomous vehicles market are influencing standard-essential patents and IP...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Celine Jimenez Crowson addresses the relationship between standard-essential patents (SEPs) and the connectivity technologies used in connected and autonomous vehicles...more

Hatch Hints At Changes To Patent Law

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

A Look Forward on Patent Reform, Senator Orrin Hatch, October 2, 2017 - Patent law reform legislation reminds us of a horror movie zombie: it’s never truly dead. A recent post from Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is the latest...more

GEMSA’s Patent Onslaught Against Cloud Computing Customers

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (“GEMSA”), a foreign non-practicing entity (“NPE”) organized under the laws of Australia, filed almost 40 patent lawsuits in five batches in 2015 and 2016. The majority of these...more

Cloud Computing: A New Target for Uniloc

As Cloud IPQ will continue to demonstrate, a growing but often overlooked trend of NPE patent litigations against cloud computing providers and users has emerged in recent years. While many NPEs target big technology...more

Cloud Printing Companies in a Jam, Face Battle with Patent Trolls

Since 2013, Charles C. Freeny III, Bryan E. Freeny, and James P. Freeny (“the Freenys”) have filed more than 50 patent infringement cases, all in the Eastern District of Texas, against a variety of technology companies who...more

Sling TV Sued on Use of H.264 Standard in Streaming Media Services

While much of the attention on NPE patent litigation centers on the big technology players like Google and Apple, literally hundreds of other technology companies face these lawsuits, and more and more of that litigation...more

Protecting Against Patent Trolls

by Morgan Lewis on

Companies that hold patents so that they can sue companies in an effort to generate revenue rather than create their own goods and services—also known as “patent trolls,” nonpracticing entities (NPEs), or patent assertion...more

Intellectual Property Legislation Update: The Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This past June, a group of U.S. Senators introduced the first patent-focused piece of legislation of the 115th Congress: the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, which proposes a myriad of changes to the United States patent system....more

[Webinar] 2017 Litigation Update - June 14th, 12:00pm CT

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 12:00pm CT, the Litigation practice group will present the webinar, "2017 Litigation Update." Attorneys David P. Lindner, James K. Cleland, Alex J. Fernandez, and Andrew McElligott will present...more

TC Heartland: The End of an Era in Patent Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Monday, May 22, the Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, overruling the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), and...more

Back to the Future: Supreme Court Narrows Patent Venue in TC Heartland Case and Returns Dispute to State of Incorporation or Where...

by Williams Mullen on

The Supreme Court on Monday substantially narrowed the district court venues available to patent owners seeking to sue for infringement. In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Decision Limits Venue Statute in Patent Litigation

by Lathrop Gage on

On May 22, 2017, in a highly-anticipated decision that could dramatically alter the landscape of patent litigation, the United States Supreme Court held that the “resides” prong of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C....more

The Supreme Court Narrows Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Cases Against Domestic Companies in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food...

On May 22, 2017, the US Supreme Court unanimously rejected prior case law allowing patent holders to rely on the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1391(c), to file suit where a domestic defendant makes sales. TC Heartland,...more

SCOTUS Messed with Texas: Supreme Court Limits Venue in Patent Cases

by Bryan Cave on

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court re-defined the scope of venue in patent cases in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017). Under the Supreme Court’s ruling, venue in patent cases will now be...more

BREAKING: High Court Limits Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Supreme Court just shook up the patent world with its decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. For nearly 30 years, companies accused of patent infringement could be sued in nearly any place they...more

U.S. Supreme Court Halts Forum Shopping In Patent Infringement Cases

On May 22, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important and long-awaited Opinion in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, a case that centered on where a patent infringement suit can be filed. In a resounding 8-0...more

Texas’ Loss is Delaware’s Gain: Navigating the Post-TC Heartland Landscape of Patent Litigation

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court disrupted nearly three decades of patent venue practice by reversing the Federal Circuit in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods. The Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland significantly...more

Dubious Patent Trolls and a Crowdfunded Infringement Defense

We’ve spent time discussing the patent troll phenomenon in the past. Patent trolls are less pejoratively referred to as non-practicing entities, because they do not make or use the inventions covered by their patents. ...more

ITC Opens the Door Wider To Non -Practicing Entities

by Dickinson Wright on

In a recent ruling, the International Trade Commission permitted a non-practicing entity to rely on the activities of its licensee to establish the “economic industry” prong of the domestic industry requirement. In...more

In Rare Final Written Decision for “Anti-Troll” Group, Lack of Expert Declaration Dooms Patent

by Knobbe Martens on

Petitioner Unified Patents, LLC filed an IPR petition challenging 29 claims of US Pat. No. 8,640,183 owned by Convergent Media Solutions, LLC. Unified’s numerous inter partes review (“IPR”) petitions rarely reach a final...more

Patent venue: a significant shift may be coming

by DLA Piper on

This year in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, the Supreme Court is poised to decide a patent venue lawsuit that could dramatically alter the landscape of US patent litigation. Currently, the Eastern District of Texas is extremely...more

The Fate of Patent Laches: SOL

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court abolished a decades-old rule that allowed for application of the equitable defense of laches in patent cases. Until now, patent owners were required to justify filing suit after a period of...more

Finding of Exceptionality Leaves Unsuccessful Infringement Plaintiff Liable for Over $50 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs

Needless to say, a finding of exceptionality under 35 U.S.C. § 285 can have crippling consequences. Just ask Rembrandt Technologies, LP, which recently was slapped with an order to pay the prevailing defendants in a...more

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